Shopping at your local business is something that benefits both businesses and ourselves. When we shop local, we are able to find hidden gems and better produce compared with what is mass produced in supermarkets and national stores. It is in our best interest to start looking to shop local, and here’s why.

Boost the economy

It is better for our economy to shop local. This means that the produce is made and sold in the UK, thus all the money will go back to the UK only. High streets that are inhabited by bustling independent businesses will help to increase the prices of nearby homes, according to a recent study. Therefore, it is in all of our interest to give our money to the local businesses, in order to reap the rewards ourselves, too.

Environmentally friendly

Shorter journeys for the produce (from farm to the store) means a lowered carbon footprint. Again, it is important for all of us to reduce our carbon footprint and begin helping the planet. Keeping your buying local means there’s less transporting, shipping, chemicals, and generally less fuss.

Support for British entrepreneurs

In the UK, SMEs account for 99.9% of all businesses. Provide 60% of all jobs and provide 52% of the UKs turnover, thats a whopping £2.2 trillion!

Yet, high-streets are shrinking, and online shopping is at an all time high. It’s getting more and more difficult for local business to survive and now empty shops are becoming a major part of most high streets.

We think it is really important that local businesses get a fighting chance and get to support local communities.

Encourage a community

Many local business owners will host their own events in their shops. Independent cafes, bookstores, or record shops may host regular events to draw in business. These events bring a similar group of people each time, and the shop becomes a place that unites people. This is something very special, not often found in big national corporations.

If you shop local, you will find yourself gaining better goods and services whilst supporting your local economy.

How It Benefits You, Too

The list above demonstrates how buying local can help you, businesses, the economy and your home. If you still need some incentive to shop local, consider the fact that it is cheaper to buy locally. You can usually get better items, for somewhat cheaper prices, as well as in quantities that suit you.

When you shop local, you can get to know the local sellers. They usually provide much better service than supermarket workers, because with small businesses, they are likely to be family-owned. This means the workers will likely have a passion for what they’re doing, meaning they provide a better service all round. You can get advice, build relationships, and become a regular. They may even give discounts to a regular or new friend!

Plus, there are health benefits. It is likely that when buying from local stores like farmer’s markets or green grocers, you are going to find healthier products with less chemicals.

Where Can You Do Your Local Shopping?

If you are someone who is accustom to shopping exclusively online or in big supermarket chains like Tesco, Asda, or Morrisons, then maybe you’re not sure how to “buy local.” Well, we can help. Here are places that you need to visit more often in order to support your local businesses, as well as reap a few benefits of your own:

  • Farmer’s markets
  • Independent stores
  • Charity shops
  • Independent bookstores
  • Independent record shops
  • Local butchers
  • Local bakers
  • Fish mongers
  • Green grocers

If you put your money in these kinds of local businesses, instead of into national companies, you will find yourself gaining better goods and services, as well as helping to support your local economy.

Go on a local search for the treasured shops that are the soul of your town, or check out a local business directory, but please do let us know if you have any favourite places so we can check them out too.

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